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Old city of Jeddah

Currently there is a lot of rejuvenation work ongoing. Most of the stores are clustered into... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brannon W
Davidsonville, Maryland
Like marmite - you either love it or hate it!

Balad is one of those places that you either find crazy, exciting, weird and varied or dirty... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maria C
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Reminiscent of the Arabian nights fairytales, this vibrant marketplace with multi-storied mud brick and stone buildings sells everything from textiles and sparkling silver and gold ornaments to spices and honey.
| Industrial Estate, Phase 3, Road 35, Street 33, Jeddah 21481, Saudi Arabia
+966 53 605 2216
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Currently there is a lot of rejuvenation work ongoing. Most of the stores are clustered into sections. The museum gouses are worth seeing. Check out the cemetery where Eve is supposed to be buried. Also visit the art studios.

Thank Brannon W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Balad is one of those places that you either find crazy, exciting, weird and varied or dirty, smelly, oppressive and confusing. Because, in all honesty is is all of those things. Yes..it's rough and dirty with a varied mix of nationalities, and it's most definately...More

Thank Maria C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the original city, more work needs to be done to maintain the old buildings. Almost anything is sold here.

Thank Curtis J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jeddah Balad is historical place identified by world heritage site. Still you can see same old building whic were built on 15-18th centuries. Balad is famous for shopping. This is the place you can negotiate. So people who working in makkah region, going for vacation...More

Thank Mohamed Ricshan A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

يعتبر معلم قديييم في جدة حيث يحتوي على اسواق شعبية قدييمه ذات طراز قديم. وايضا فيه اسواق عالمية. ويمتاز معظم البضائع بالجودة العالية وبسعر جيد جيداً. وبالنسبه للتمور والحلويات فيه مكان اسمه خيام الربيع، للامانه اشوفه افضل مكان للحلويات والتمور. ويقولون اذا ما رحت البلد...More

Thank Fragrance a
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I have been told by locals that Balad is among the oldest and most historic districts of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is here where the oldest known structures are located. The area is also known to be a haven for shopping buddies as it offers...More

Thank ap0nce
Reviewed 8 July 2018

AL Balad is the older part of Jeddah, You will find both popular and brand stuff. It is lovely to walk during winter months because of the good weather, I can't say the same for summer time. You will find clothes, spices, gold, watches, and...More

Thank Majdi M
Reviewed 4 July 2018

Balad is one of the most interesting and authentic place in Jeddah where one can walk around and enjoy old narrow streets and historical buildings. It is especially lively during Ramadan nights when eveyone goes out; some art events are also in display in the...More

Thank Frederique B
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

I lived in Jeddah for two years, only leaving last week. I visited Al Balad many times. The place is magical. I became friends with many locals, just by hanging out in their shops or meeting them on the street. People are very friendly and...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Filthy and disgusting. Stay away unless you are coming for cheap counterfeit goods imported from China and India.

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Eress Allen D
7 June 2018|
Response from aggarwalaparna | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I travelled to balad by taxi on both occassions. Sorry to say that I m clueless about the bus service connecting the areas. Hope someone else can help u.
10 April 2018|
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Response from drkarimzanaty | Reviewed this property |
In Balad it seems its copy not original products. I suggest for this issue MAC - Makyagy - big known brands to gurantee quality
Raffy L
8 February 2018|
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Response from Mohammad Israil S | Reviewed this property |
You can go near by restaurants, there are many it depend on your taste, and for DSLR camera, you can visit nearby Abdulwahed Store or Extra store .